“A Letter to Me..”

“Letter to Me” by: Brad Paisley is a song about looking back over your life in your younger years.  It is a song about life and the pursuit of happiness through faith.

If you wrote a letter to yourself while in your younger years, what would you have written?

I believe that everything in life happens for a reason, so I wouldn’t change much.  I would warn myself about my upcoming addiction, but since I am a genetic alcoholic (my belief and opinion on alcoholism/addiction), I don’t think it would have had much impact.  I would also tell to stay closer to some of my best friends and to spend more time with my friends and family.  I’d include building a better relationship with my older brother and letting myself know that those could be some of the best years of my life.  I didn’t take high school very seriously, as I made my schedule as easy as possible and left a lot of friends hanging, when they were trying to reach me to provide help about how much alcohol I was consuming and why I was using it.  Back then, I would also warn myself about the people in college I would meet and how they would use me and leave me for others. 

I would also tell myself to explore Christ and how spiritual connectivity / beliefs would impact my life in positive ways that are unimaginable.  I am a strong Christian now, with strong beliefs.  I don’t like to think in a “could have, wish I would have” mind frame, but knowing what I know now about the power of my higher belief, God, would have dramatically impacted my life.

Most, importantly, I’d let myself know that even though I am going to be facing adversity with alcoholism and bipolar, it’s going to be okay and not to give up.  There were times in my early 20’s where I wanted to give up on life and actually did give up on my beliefs that the situations I created could / would get better.  I am so thankful that treatment, my addiction and bipolar disorder made me who I am today.  

I want to reiterate that I am not writing this in a “I wish I would have” manner or complaining about my life. I am thinking out-loud of some of the adversity I faced over the years and some of the things I could have done a little differently. I love my life, where I have been and where I am going in my recovery, career, family, etc.

If you were to write a letter today to your future self, what would it say?  

(I think I am going to try this, put it in a safe place and read it in 20 years) 

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